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Creston/O-M freshman football closes season, volleyball battles tough opponents


Creston/O-M 41, Carroll 14

CARROLL – Creston/O-M’s freshman team routed Carroll, winning 41-14 Friday.

The win for Creston/O-M closes out a successful season for the next crop of Panther football players.

“(Friday) was a great way for us to finish our season,” said Creston/O-M freshman coach Kevin Cooper. “We talked to the kids about putting an exclamation point on a great season. We were so efficient in the passing game today and also relied on our steady rushing game.”

The Panthers had a 34-yard rushing score from Dylan Calvin. Calvin also had a 45-yard rushing score, the last one of the game. Cael Turner passed for four scores, a 65-yard score to Briley Hayes, a 33-yard score to Brandon Briley, and two scores to Gavin Bolton, one of 60 yards and one of 51 yards. Bolton finished the night with three receptions for 136 yards. Turner was 13-for-19 in passing with 351 yards and the four scores.


Creston freshmen volleyball lost a few games at the Red Oak Tournament Saturday.

The Panthers lost to Red Oak (11-21, 9-21), Underwood (5-21, 10-21), Sidney (9-21, 5-21) and Glenwood (13-21, 9-21).

“Winless on the day, but finished playing pretty solid versus a very good Glenwood team,” said freshmen head coach Mike McCabe.

Friday against Glenwood, the freshmen Panthers struggled again. The Panthers lost to the Rams, who’s varsity team is No. 3 in Class 4A, 8-21, 6-25 and 10-25.

“Ran into a very good Glenwood team,” said McCabe. “Struggled in serve-receive all match.”

Kolbey Bailey went 4-for-4 from serve, joining Halli Abildtrup and Bailee Schmitt as perfect from the line (both went 3-for-3).

The freshmen played Shenandoah hard Oct. 6, losing 15-25, 11-25 and 21-21 in three sets.

McCabe noted strong back row play from Grace Travis, Kristi Travis and Morgan VanGelder. He also noted good front row play from Danica Pokorny and Ashlyn Baker.

The Creston JV team lost 2-1 Thursday, also losing to Glenwood. The Panthers won the first set 25-20, but lost 18-25 and 7-15 in back-to-back sets.

Jacy Kralik was 10 of 10 from serve with one ace. Aleah Calvin led in aces with two.

Hannah Dryden had five kills and Harlee Flynn had four (on 13 of 13 attacking). Doryn Paup and Calvin added two kills, each.

Flynn led in assists with nine. Paup had the high in blocks with four and Keely Coen was the digs leader with seven.

Creston JV volleyball won two over Shenandoah, coming out of the match with a 2-0 win Oct. 6. The JV Panthers won 26-24 and 25-18.

Paup led in kills with five on 6 of 8 attacking. Brooklyn McKinney had five asstists, Coen had three aces and Paup had four solo blocks. All were team-highs.

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